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From the archives: Back-to-back titles and one hand on Memorial Shield

Fifty nine years ago this week Maidenhead United were celebrating back-to-back Corinthian League titles, and they also had one hand on the league’s Memorial Shield too.

The Easter weekend saw Maidenhead needing just one point from their final four matches to reclaim the title they had won the previous season under Welshman Jimmy Price.

They hosted Dagenham on Good Friday and got the job done in style, with Peter Lowen’s hat-trick setting up a club record 16th consecutive league win.

The Maidenhead Advertiser described the match as a ‘very hollow victory’, with Dagenham resting key players ahead of their Essex Senior Cup show-down with Walthamstow Avenue.

Dagenham and Walthamstow Avenue would in time become part of the modern club known as Dagenham & Redbridge, contemporary rivals of the Magpies in the National League.

Easter Saturday saw a goalless draw at Worthing ahead of the Easter Monday Memorial Shield final first leg at Finchampstead Road, Wokingham on April 23.

Lowen was again amongst the scorers – he was to notch 40 in all competitions – as the Magpies effectively had the Shield in the bag at the end of a 4-0 victory, completing the job with a 2-2 draw at York Road the following Saturday.

With two points awarded for a win, Maidenhead were run-away winners of the title – they finished seven points clear of nearest challengers Chesham United, winning 23 of their 30 league matches.

They scored a division-highest 77 goals and had the most frugal defence in the section, shipping a mere 31 goals. At the end of the following season the club would be elected into the Athenian League.

That 1961/62 championship-clinching campaign would be the last Maidenhead United first team divisional title winning season for some 55 years until Alan Devonshire led the Magpies to the 2016/17 Vanarama National League South title.

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